BENEFITING: Independence House Inc.
ORGANIZER: Independence House Inc.
EVENT: Purple Purse Challenge
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
Our goal in participating in the Purple Purse Challenge is to raise funds for the Independence House Economic Empowerment Program. This program will help domestic violence survivors fight poverty and take control of their financial lives through individualized financial plans, education and support.
Your donations to this campaign will greatly help survivors become empowered and more financially educated! This is a wonderful opportunity and I greatly appreciate your contributions in support of these efforts! Thank you!
To learn a lot more about the amazing programs and critical services offered at Independence House, please visit the website at www.IndependenceHouse.org
Here is my letter for the last Annual Report that I would like to share with you!
Awareness, the first big step toward creating Change
Are we really listening and are we finally ready to speak out?
As I look back upon the past year at my 3rd term as IH President, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of domestic and sexual violence in the news and media. It seems a day doesn’t go by without hearing a tragic story about a domestic or sexual violence crime, locally, nationally or globally! The statistics remain amazingly high and unthinkable and include:
In the US alone, more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands and boyfriends.
1 in 4 US Women experience Violence by a partner in her lifetime
2 out of 3 Children are exposed to Trauma and Violence
1 in 5 Tweens knows a victim of Dating Violence
1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college
Globally, 1 of 3 women will be raped, beaten or abused, in most cases by a member of her own family.
1 out of 4 to 1 in 3 same sex has experienced domestic violence
1 in 5 transgendered people experience domestic violence at home
Adding to these statistics are the consequences of violence which cause higher rates of stroke, heart disease, and alcoholism.
We have to ask ourselves…Is this really the kind of society and world we want to live in?
I believe everyone I know would answer “No!” So the next questions might lead to…Why is domestic and sexual violence so prevalent? How do we achieve a peaceful society and world where violence is never the answer or ever an option?
At IH, we address these questions on a daily basis. Now in our 35th year, we deal with the impact of sexual and domestic violence every day, 24/7. This past year, on Cape Cod alone, Independence House served over 5,000 survivors and child witnesses.
Survivors who come to IH may have unique experiences, but one common thread that runs through every survivor’s story is that an abuser took away their human right to a life without Violence. The abuser chose violence and abuse as a means of power and control. The ripple effects of this behavior goes beyond the victim and their children, beyond their families. Their experience affects us all.
My hope and greatest wish is that all of us take steps to address domestic and sexual violence, speak out against it, and help support survivors. More exposure in the media, greater transparency in places where we worship, military, colleges and sports teams, tougher laws, and developing programs to address domestic and sexual violence will all add up. We must keep the visibility up and the accountability on the people who commit these acts.
We welcome you involvement with Independence House, please reach out to us. You can donate funds to help survivors, food for our pantry, give time as a trained volunteer or participate in a community event. If you are in need of our support or know someone who is, please contact us. Our services are free and confidential.
For those of you who have already become part of our IH family and have supported our efforts, we thank you very much for being part of the solution and for taking steps to help end domestic and sexual violence in our community where we all live and work together.
Please visit our website to learn about what services IH provides to survivors and community.
The Staff and Board of Directors continuously work together on strategies to strengthen the impact of our agency and to help survivors and their families.
In closing, I would like to honor survivors with a quote by a most beloved poet and great humanitarian who passed away this year…Maya Angelou.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
In Peace and Nonviolence,
President, Board of Directors